Again and again our mules dragged on

TCD MS 10515 folio 101 recto

TCD MS 10515 folio 101 recto

cession.
The obstinacy of the mule is proverbial but what we call obstinacy might often be better termed determination. The mule is worthy of the latter quality in the highest degree; in harness it is an animal of inflexible resolve. Again and again our mules dragged on till they died in their traces. What determined creatures they are to go on pulling till they fall dead! If they be condemned for obstinacy and vice, surely their character is redeemed by such wonderful perseverance and grit.
The ideal animals for desert transport are the camels. In India we are accustomed to despise the camel as unable to move at more than 2½ miles an hour, but the Arabian animal, though of a sligher build,